CORONATION Street's Sam Aston has welcomed a son with his wife Briony, with the couple sharing the first photo of the newborn with fans.
The 27-year-old actor posted a sweet family snap that showed him tenderly kissing his little boy on the head this evening.
Briony is beaming as she gazes adoringly down at the baby, who is sleeping soundly in a knitted blanket.
Sam revealed the baby's name in the post's touching caption, writing: "Welcome to the world little man. Our little ray of sunshine.
"Sonny James Aston 💙"
Yoga teacher Briony shared the same photo to her own Instagram page – revealing that little Sonny had made his arrival almost two weeks ago, six weeks early.
She wrote: "Sonny Aston✨
"He calmly entered our world 6 weeks early on 11.08.20 at 5lbs 7oz and we couldn’t be more in love💙✨"
Sam confirmed that he and Briony were expecting their first child back in May, before revealing they are having a baby boy.
They previously shared that they had only been trying for a baby for four or five weeks before falling pregnant.
Speaking to OK! Sam – who plays Chesney in the ITV soap – said: "We’re having a boy! It was a massive surprise when we found out, as there are loads of girls in our families, so we were adamant we were having a girl."
Briony added: "We found out the day before lockdown. Sam couldn’t come with me because of the current rules, so I got the consultant to write the sex on a piece of paper and put it in an envelope and we both then sat in the car and opened it together. We were over the moon."
Sam, who has eight siblings, said one child is "perfect for now" and, referencing his Corrie alter-ego, joked: "I’m glad it’s not quads."
Sam and Briony, 25, got married last year, two years after announcing their engagement.
They exchanged their vows – and did a yoga-themed first dance – in front of friends, family members and his soap co-stars at Stock Farm in Cheshire.
He and on-screen partner Gemma Winter have their hands full with baby quadruplets, and Sam admitted handling babies on set has given him more confidence for when his own child is born.
Sam was just 10 years old when he joined the ITV soap, and has grown up on screen.
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